The Battle for Jerusalem: Turkey’s Erdogan Stakes His Claim

The Battle for Jerusalem: Turkey’s Erdogan Stakes His Claim

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t mince his words at this month’s opening of parliament. In his first assertion of a claim to a lost non-Turkic part of the Ottoman empire, Mr. Erdogan declared that Jerusalem is Turkish. “In this city, which we had to leave in tears during the First World War, it is…

Israeli Forces Fire Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets Inside Al-Aqsa on First Day of Eid

Israeli Forces Fire Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets Inside Al-Aqsa on First Day of Eid

Israeli police fired rubber bullets and tear gas inside the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem on Sunday after worshipping Muslims objected to around 450 Israeli settlers being allowed into the holy site despite it being the first day of Eid al-Adha. The Muslim celebrations coincided with the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’av, which sees an increase in Jewish…

How the Third Temple Movement in Israel Rebranded Theocracy as “Civil Rights”

How the Third Temple Movement in Israel Rebranded Theocracy as “Civil Rights”

In a troubling trend that continues to be overlooked by international media, the Temple Activist movement that seeks to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem and replace it with a Third Temple continues to advance its agenda. The movement’s forward progress is largely thanks to its successful efforts in…

Jerusalem’s Old City: How Palestine’s Past Is Being Slowly Erased

Jerusalem’s Old City: How Palestine’s Past Is Being Slowly Erased

Israel has controlled East Jerusalem and the walled Old City since the 1967 war in which it also occupied the adjacent West Bank. It has effectively treated them as annexed territory ever since. To consolidate its grip on the Old City, it has demolished homes and expelled Palestinian residents, empowered Jewish settlers, and imposed sweeping…

Will New Netanyahu Coalition and Kushner’s “Deal” Bring Destruction to Jerusalem’s Golden Dome?

Will New Netanyahu Coalition and Kushner’s “Deal” Bring Destruction to Jerusalem’s Golden Dome?

There is a story about the Khalifa Umar bin al-Khattab, the Muslim leader who conquered Jerusalem in 637 C.E. It is said that upon entering the city he asked to see the site of the temple built by King Solomon, but could find no one who knew where it was. According to the story, he…